R.I.P. Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch
The Beastie Boys made music that is and has been incredibly influential for me. Ever since I was a young teenager, whose music taste was still yet to be discovered, to now, where my musical taste has become as eclectic as the sampling heard on ‘Paul’s Boutique’. From being obsessed with ‘C-C-Check it out’ (I watched the music video and listened to the track as soon as i got home from high school for a long time - this is pre-itunes) and the album ‘To the Five Boroughs’, to buying ‘Paul’s Botique’ and being exposed to some of the most ingenious genre defieing hip hop I had ever experience, to brancing out and enjoying their more obscure material (their instrumental album ‘The In Sound from Way Out being a highlight, and who could forget the rarity ‘Netty’s Girl’ and accompanying video from ‘The Sounds of Science Anthology’? MCA always felt, to me, like the wise head of the group - a deeper voice and more focused style seperated him from Ad Rock and Mike D. I am deeply saddened that I never got to see them live as a group, but the music will live on.
MCA died far too young, and had so much more to give as a musician and a human being. Rest in peace.